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BUILDING CHARACTER

Character Critters | Exercising Character | Extension Educators | Parents

CHARACTER CRITTERS

Six Pillars for Preschool Classrooms

Tommy the Trustworthy Turtle
Rusty the Respectful Raccoon
Roy the Responsible Rabbit
Fran the Fair Frog
Carrie the Caring Cat
Cindy the Citizen Crab

Story Cards

Trustworthiness MS Word 22 KB
Respect MS Word 22 KB
Responsibility MS Word 22 KB
Fairness MS Word 21 KB
Caring MS Word 22 KB
Citizenship MS Word 22 KB

Tommy the Trustworthy Turtle

Meet Tommy. He likes to be trustworthy. Everyday he tries to:

  • Tell the truth
  • Follow the rules
  • Not take things that don't belong to him
  • Do what he says he'll do--keep his promises

 

Tommy the Trustworthy Turtle
Rusty the Respectful Raccoon

Meet Rusty. He likes to be respectful. Every day he tries to:

  • Be kind to his friends and family
  • Use good manners
  • Not to hit or hurt
  • Talk about his problems

 

Rusty the Respectful Raccoon
Roy the Responsible Rabbit

Meet Roy. He likes to be responsible. Every day he tries to:

  • Do what he is supposed to do
  • Keep on trying
  • Always do his best
  • Help his friends and family

 

Roy the Responsible Rabbit
Fran the Fair Frog

Meet Fran. She likes to be fair. Everyday she tries to:

  • Know and follow the rules
  • Share with her friends and family
  • Listen to her friends and family
  • Not blame her family and friends

 

Fran the Fair Frog
Carrie the Caring Cat

Meet Carrie. She loves to care. Every day she tries to:

  • Be kind to people
  • Show her family that she cares
  • Say please and thank you
  • Help people

 

Carrie the Caring Cat
Cindy the Citizen Crab

Meet Cindy. She likes to be a citizen. Everyday she tries to:

  • Cooperate
  • Obey rules
  • Respect people in charge
  • Not to litter
Cindy the Citizen Crab

The Program

Character Critters is a story and activity approach to teaching character to preschool and kindergarten children, ages 3-5.

The program was developed for use by teachers or Extension educators and volunteers visiting preschool classrooms in public and private programs.  Teachers, librarians, child care providers, coaches, health care professionals extend the learning.

The program teaches six concepts of character:

  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship

Goals and Objectives

  • Increase young children's understanding of character concepts.
  • Increase parents' understanding of character concepts.
  • Increase teachers' understanding of character concepts.
  • Increase parents' involvement in developing their children's character.
  • Increase teachers' involvement in character education.
  • Increase community involvement in character education.

OSU extends credit to Rabecca E. White and Leslie Cooper Parsons, Extension Associates of Louisiana State University AgCenter, Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service for the Character Critters program. Adaptations by Elaine Wilson, Oklahoma State University. To order Critter resources contact Rabecca E. White.